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The animated Tom Lehrer

Tom Lehrer
Tom Lehrer in 1960

Tom Lehrer will be known to many Oldie readers - but for the others, suffice to say that he wrote some of the wittiest and sometimes unexpectedly dark songs in the 20th Century. Born in 1928, he started writing whilst studying Mathematics at Harvard and came to international prominence in the 1960's during the satire boom. During that time he inspired (and regularly quoted) the memorable review from the New York Times: "Mr. Lehrer's muse is not fettered by such inhibiting factors as taste."


This is a splendid version of one of his less controversial, but most ingenious songs.  Make sure your loudspeakers are turned on before you click on the link - then when you are there, click on either "Broadband" or "Dialup", depending on which system you have, wait for it to load, and enjoy.



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